Jatin Gandhi

Jatin Gandhi

Jatin Gandhi writes on politics and legal affairs.

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File photo of Justice KM Joseph at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
File photo of Justice KM Joseph at the Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

Government may clear 2 names for Supreme Court, sit on Justice KM Joseph’s file

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 09:19 AM IST
The government’s plan is to delay Justice KM Joseph’s appointment to the Supreme Court, according to a government functionary.
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The SC collegium, a body of top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India, appoints high court and Supreme Court judges right now.(AFP file photo)
The SC collegium, a body of top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India, appoints high court and Supreme Court judges right now.(AFP file photo)

Lawmakers want National Judicial Appointments Commission Act to be brought back

By Jatin Gandhi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 11:26 PM IST
The law amended the constitution and replaced the system of top judges of the Supreme Court making appointments to the higher judiciary. The top court struck it down in October 2015 as “unconstitutional.”
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Replying to an over two hour discussion on the measure, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the stringent law was aimed at providing safety to minor girls.(PTI)
Replying to an over two hour discussion on the measure, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said the stringent law was aimed at providing safety to minor girls.(PTI)

Lok Sabha passes bill to provide death penalty to child rape convicts

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2018 11:55 PM IST
The bill replaces the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on April 21, following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua and the rape of another woman at Unnao.
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File photo of Supreme Curt building in New Delhi.(AP photo)
File photo of Supreme Curt building in New Delhi.(AP photo)

Centre set to send 120 names for judges to Supreme Court collegium

By Jatin Gandhi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUL 13, 2018 11:22 AM IST
The Supreme Court collegium is a body of the country’s top judges, headed by the Chief Justice of India, which appoints judges.
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Those supporting the idea have backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument that simultaneous polls will lead to reduction of election expenses and that parties will not have to be in election mode through the year.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)
Those supporting the idea have backed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s argument that simultaneous polls will lead to reduction of election expenses and that parties will not have to be in election mode through the year.(Arijit Sen/HT File Photo)

Simultaneous polls finds few takers among opposition parties, Cong stays silent

UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2018 12:04 AM IST
The Samajwadi Party and the Telangana Rashtra Samithi were the only two parties outside of the National Democratic Alliance that supported the idea of a simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.
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Both the Congress and BJP skipped the Law Commission’s meet on simultaneous elections.(Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)
Both the Congress and BJP skipped the Law Commission’s meet on simultaneous elections.(Arun Mondhe/HT File Photo)

BJP, Congress skip law panel meet on simultaneous Lok Sabha, state assembly elections

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2018 12:26 AM IST
Other parties, including the Trinamool Congress, AIMIM, AIUDF and Goa Forward Party met the Law Commission and have strongly opposed the proposal to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and state assembly elections.
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The law panel report also held that regulating betting and gambling activities would “strike at the underworld’s control over the illegal and unregulated gambling industry”.(AFP File/Representative image)
The law panel report also held that regulating betting and gambling activities would “strike at the underworld’s control over the illegal and unregulated gambling industry”.(AFP File/Representative image)

Legalise gambling and betting on sports to help generate revenue, jobs: Law panel

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2018 12:07 AM IST
The Law Commission of India, which submitted its report to law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, said that as it was not possible to completely prevent these activities, “effective regulation” seemed to be the only viable option.
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Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Supreme Court held that the L-G does not have independent decision-making powers, and is bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.(PTI File Photo)
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. The Supreme Court held that the L-G does not have independent decision-making powers, and is bound to act on the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers.(PTI File Photo)

Centre may seek review of SC verdict on Delhi, says not a victory for AAP

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 11:18 PM IST
The Centre, however, admitted that the Delhi L-G will not be able to exercise the power of referring the state government’s decisions to the President “in a routine manner” following the Supreme Court’s judgement.
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According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.(Bloomberg)
According to media reports, over 30 people have been killed in the past one year by lynch mobs after rumours of child lifting triggered via messages on WhatsApp.(Bloomberg)

Taking steps to curb fake news and rumours, WhatsApp tells govt

By Vidhi Choudhary and Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 11:39 PM IST
The assurance comes in the wake of fake videos and child-lifting rumours spurring mobs to target innocent people across India over the last two years. The government had expressed ‘deep disapproval’ over the company’s inability to clamp down on ‘irresponsible and explosive material’.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice Chairman.(PTI File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Vice Chairman.(PTI File Photo)

NITI Aayog calls farmers’ panel formula impractical

UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 11:20 PM IST
The Commission set up in 2004 had submitted a report to the then government in 2006 suggesting that the way out of the farm crisis was to provide remunerative prices to the farmer.
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LIMBS to make the progress of cases at different stages completely transparent.(Representative image)
LIMBS to make the progress of cases at different stages completely transparent.(Representative image)

Law ministry seeks Cabinet nod for legal cells in all departments

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2018 08:14 AM IST
Legal information management and briefing system (LIMBS) will allow for single window clearance of cases and their digital monitoring. A list of all important cases to which the government is party is also being prepared, law ministry secretary Suresh Chandra said on Thursday.
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The IMA has termed the package rates for certain treatment under the National Health Protection Mission as “unacceptable”.(Mint File)
The IMA has termed the package rates for certain treatment under the National Health Protection Mission as “unacceptable”.(Mint File)

NITI Aayog to relook at costs under Ayushman Bharat plan

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2018 11:43 PM IST
National Health Protection Mission - Ayushman Bharat (NHPM-AB) aims to provide Rs 5 lakh annual insurance cover to more than 10 crore poor families.
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Union Minister for IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference on the achievements of his ministry in last four years, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Union Minister for IT and Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad during a press conference on the achievements of his ministry in last four years, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Don’t question govt’s intentions, says Ravi Shankar Prasad on next CJI’s appointment

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 19, 2018 07:49 AM IST
Union Law minister was responding to a question on whether the government will follow convention and appoint Justice Ranjan Gogoi as the next Chief Justice when incumbent Dipak Misra demits office.
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Women click selfie with union textiles minister Smriti Irani at an Iftar party hosted by union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Women click selfie with union textiles minister Smriti Irani at an Iftar party hosted by union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi at his residence in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

BJP leaders converge at Naqvi’s iftar party for Muslim women

By Jatin Gandhi | HindustanTimes, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 13, 2018 11:30 PM IST
Union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi hosted an iftar for Muslim women at his official residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. The event was attended by a host of his cabinet colleagues including home minister Rajnath Singh and law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
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Prasad was speaking at the launch of the website and mobile app for Nyaya Vikas – a programme launched by the law ministry to monitor the progress of development of judicial infrastructure in real time.(HT File Photo)
Prasad was speaking at the launch of the website and mobile app for Nyaya Vikas – a programme launched by the law ministry to monitor the progress of development of judicial infrastructure in real time.(HT File Photo)

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pitches all-India test for lower judiciary

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 11:16 PM IST
Union minister for law and justice Ravi Shankar Prasad proposed a national level entrance test for “talent infusion” into the lower judiciary
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The Akali Dal delegation thanked PM Modi for the union government’s decision to exempt Langar from GST.(PTI)
The Akali Dal delegation thanked PM Modi for the union government’s decision to exempt Langar from GST.(PTI)

Day after meeting Amit Shah, Akali Dal leadership calls on PM Modi with demands

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2018 07:04 AM IST
The Akali Dal reiterated its alliance with the BJP for the 2019 general elections and urged the BJP leadership to ensure that minorities feel safe under NDA rule and the Sikh community, Punjab and its farmers get their due.
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Congress Madhya Pradesh president Kamal Nath with senior Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh come out after a meeting with the Election Commission at Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)
Congress Madhya Pradesh president Kamal Nath with senior Congress leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Digvijaya Singh come out after a meeting with the Election Commission at Nirvachan Sadan, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Congress complains about 6 million ‘fake’ voters in Madhya Pradesh, Election Commission to probe

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 06:32 PM IST
The Congress pointed to a large number of instances of individuals with multiple voter registrations in the rolls published by the Election Commission in Madhya Pradesh.
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(L to R) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi enjoy a light moment during the release of Singhvi’s book ‘Straight Talk’, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(HT/Raj K Raj)
(L to R) Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu and Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi enjoy a light moment during the release of Singhvi’s book ‘Straight Talk’, in New Delhi on Wednesday.(HT/Raj K Raj)

SC should issue contempt notices if govt ignores collegium Abhishek Manu Singhvi

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 11:56 PM IST
At the release of Abhishek Manu Singhvi’s book, former finance minister P Chidambaram lashed out at the Centre for not doing much to fill vacancies in higher judiciary.
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An election officer closes an electronic voting machine at the end of polls at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018.(AP Photo)
An election officer closes an electronic voting machine at the end of polls at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018.(AP Photo)

Political parties ignore law panel’s request for views on simultaneous Lok Sabha, state elections

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2018 12:09 AM IST
Political parties, including the BJP, which proposed the idea, did not respond to the Law Commission’s request for suggestions on holding simultaneous Lok Sabha and state elections
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Supreme Court judges are appointed by a collegium, which comprises the five top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Supreme Court judges are appointed by a collegium, which comprises the five top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Indu Malhotra cleared as Supreme Court judge, govt sits on KM Joseph’s file

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2018 11:48 PM IST
The Supreme Court collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India had on January 10 cleared the names of Justice KM Joseph and lawyer Indu Malhotra.
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Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI FILE Photo/TV Grab)
Union law and justice minister Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi.(PTI FILE Photo/TV Grab)

Legal opinion not routed through us invalid: Law ministry to other depts

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2018 11:19 PM IST
The law ministry has written to all ministries and departments against approaching the AG directly.
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The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 12, but it could not be passed due to a logjam in the Parliament.(Arvind Yadav /HT Photo)
The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on March 12, but it could not be passed due to a logjam in the Parliament.(Arvind Yadav /HT Photo)

Cabinet approves ordinance to seize properties of fugitive economic offenders

By Moushumi Das Gupta and Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 05:22 PM IST
The ordinance seeks to confiscate properties of economic offenders, like Nirav Modi and Vijay Mallya, who have left the country to avoid facing criminal prosecution.
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People participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Amritsar.(Reuters File Photo)
People participate in a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Amritsar.(Reuters File Photo)

Cabinet clears ordinance for death penalty to child rapists

By Moushumi Das Gupta and Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 04:48 PM IST
The move seeking death penalty for child rapists comes after nationwide outrage over the brutal rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua and the alleged rape of a minor in Unnao.
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The move comes amid widespread outrage across the country over such crimes.(PTI File Photo)
The move comes amid widespread outrage across the country over such crimes.(PTI File Photo)

Cabinet to take up today ordinance on death penalty for child rapists

By Moushumi Das Gupta and Jatin Gandhi | New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 21, 2018 12:37 PM IST
The government told the Supreme Court on Friday that the process to amend the POCSO Act has been launched, and the special legislation would include death penalty as punishment for raping children under 12.
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The Law Commission of India is examining a proposal to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.(PTI file photo)
The Law Commission of India is examining a proposal to hold simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies.(PTI file photo)

Political consensus, amendments hold key to simultaneous elections

By Jatin Gandhi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 08:37 AM IST
The Law Commission of India has recommending doing away with the no-confidence motion which can curtail the term of the House.
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The argument that the BCCI is a private body has been rejected by the Law Commission.(HT file photo)
The argument that the BCCI is a private body has been rejected by the Law Commission.(HT file photo)

BCCI a ‘state’, bring it under RTI ambit: Law Commission

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 12:47 AM IST
The Law Commission has urged the central government to make the Board of Control for Cricket in India a national sports federation and bring it under the purview of the Right to Information Act.
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The proposals also speak of doing away with the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha or the state assembly with a constructive vote of no confidence.(File photo)
The proposals also speak of doing away with the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha or the state assembly with a constructive vote of no confidence.(File photo)

Law panel seeks statute tweak for simultaneous polls

By Jatin Gandhi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON APR 17, 2018 11:55 PM IST
Opting for a wider debate on the issue, the panel decided to invite suggestions from the people as well as stakeholders from political parties, academia, and constitutional experts among others.
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An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card.(AFP FIle Photo)
An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar or Unique Identification (UID) card.(AFP FIle Photo)

‘Aadhaar not to be must for Modicare’

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2018 10:48 PM IST
Under the RSBY which exits in 13 states, only 30 million cards were issued for an enrolment list against 54 million beneficiaries, forcing the government to junk the model.
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The comprehensive primary healthcare and the national health insurance scheme together form the two legs of Ayushman Bharat (popularised as ‘Modicare’), which was announced in this year’s budget.(HT File Photo)
The comprehensive primary healthcare and the national health insurance scheme together form the two legs of Ayushman Bharat (popularised as ‘Modicare’), which was announced in this year’s budget.(HT File Photo)

Modicare to kick off on Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, focus on wellness

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 13, 2018 01:43 AM IST
Under the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat mission, primary healthcare will move from its current focus on neonatal care and communicable diseases to expand and include several other diseases and illnesses.
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The Narendra Modi government has been keen on holding simultaneous elections citing the election code of conduct as an impediment in development works and the expense involved in holding multiple assembly elections every year.(PTI File Photo)
The Narendra Modi government has been keen on holding simultaneous elections citing the election code of conduct as an impediment in development works and the expense involved in holding multiple assembly elections every year.(PTI File Photo)

Law Commission may recommend holding simultaneous polls

By Jatin Gandhi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2018 10:04 AM IST
A meeting of Law Commission will be held on April 17 to discuss simultaneous polls, revisiting the definition of contempt and bringing the BCCI under the ambit of the RTI that applies to public bodies.
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